Communicating About COVID-19

Coronavirus? Covid-19? How do we tell our kids about them?

Since March 2020, we’ve all been affected by this global pandemic, and now fast forward to 2021, we are still somewhat living in fear of possibly catching the virus. We have grown more and more familiar with movement control orders,  wearing face masks or even double masking, sanitising hands, social distancing, and online lessons. Somehow, the “Fully Vaccinated” status is crucial to have the freedom of just heading out to public places for a break from being at home. 

 

Great news to our children, they get to see their parents at home all day long! But the not-so great news to them is that mummy and daddy would not be able to play with them all day. 

What does it mean to our children?

That means, no more playground, no more going to school, no more throwing or attending birthday parties, and the list goes on. With these major changes, we have listed some guidelines to help you do your best in communicating to your children all about Covid-19. 

 

a) Change #1: Staying at home all day long 

When we communicate about Covid-19 to our children, we need to ensure that there is a sufficient amount of relevant information that we provide to them. For example, when our children get restless for not being able to head out to a friend’s house which was part of their normal daily routine pre-covid, we can help them understand the “WHY” behind not being able to head out. Some of these examples include: 

  • Coronavirus makes people sick.
  • Coronavirus is in schools, malls and playgrounds, everywhere!
  • Stay at home, no coronavirus.  

 

b) Change #2: Precautions when heading out 

Nowadays, heading out doesn’t really mean that children will get to bring only their favourite toys. Heading out now means wearing face masks; either double masking or wearing it with a face shield, and rather frequent sanitising and social distancing.  

How do we communicate these new norms to our children?

  1. Social Story on Covid-19: Read to your child as frequent as needed to help them understand these changes. Feel free to download a copy of this social story.